Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.



1265 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 57


Topic # 101946 12-May-2012 13:27 Send private message

A lot have probably had this problem - your phone gets wet, either by dropping it in the sink, going through the wash etc.
Anyway, my Galaxy S got wet and I needed some way to dry it. Sure there are various ways, like the bowl of rice in a hot water cupboard, hair dryer on low, air compressor with a moisture filter fitted. But I have found something else, that is easy. 

Obviously take the phone apart, I mean battery out, sim card out, MicroSD if you have one.  Sealed devices like the iPhone are going to have to make do.  Now as I said, I found something that was easy and runs quite warm, and that is my TP-Link Modem. So for a couple of hours I left my Galaxy S on this and now phone is running and charging.  It helps if your modem has a flat top so the phone can be placed on it.  It worked for me, but results may vary. Now just have to see if it holds its charge. If not, S3 here I come, come end of May.

Create new topic
20633 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2063

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Subscriber

  Reply # 623988 12-May-2012 13:38 Send private message

Simple reality is any electronic that gets dunked in water is going to have a finite life, even if you can "salvage" it at the time.

The corrosion on the circuit boards may not be noticeable to the naked eye immediately, but ultimately it will lead to the failure of the device.

1572 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 11

Subscriber

  Reply # 623995 12-May-2012 13:54 Send private message


1575 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 99


  Reply # 623997 12-May-2012 13:58

Circuit boards get cleaned in production but in at least one method the water is removed by heated air jets so that no evaporation residue is left. 

I've got 1 board that has been heated but there's still something under the larger SMDs that I can't shift so RIP.

746 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 31


  Reply # 624010 12-May-2012 14:34 Send private message

A ziplock bag and a decent desiccant with gels that change colour when they are full is the least harmful way to dry it out.

654 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 20

Trusted

  Reply # 624019 12-May-2012 15:25

Another useful tip is not to turn it on/charge for some time (days rather than hours).  Even if it turns on at the moment, there is likely to be trapped water in the device which will lead to corrossion and eventual badness.  Best to leave it to dry (in your choice of medium) for at least a few more days...

320 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 16


  Reply # 624060 12-May-2012 17:02 Send private message

Never use a hair drier, this will just move moisture further into the phone circuitry. The better thing to use would be something that will absorb the moisture or better still, completely dismantling it (your warranty is voided already anyway) and cleaning with something like alcohol or some other kind of circuit board cleaning solution.

Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Customs wanting power to force travellers to handover passwords and encryption keys
Created by nedkelly, last reply by Mattmannz on 6-Mar-2015 21:02 (53 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


Considering Snap - do you rate them?
Created by gsmithnz, last reply by deadlyllama on 5-Mar-2015 22:15 (38 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Whats your USB charging solution?
Created by macuser, last reply by Journeyman on 4-Mar-2015 17:52 (37 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Just launched our Kickstarter!
Created by Adappted, last reply by Adappted on 6-Mar-2015 22:54 (17 replies)
Pages... 2


Galaxy s6 announcement and owners thread
Created by Shoes2468, last reply by Damager on 6-Mar-2015 19:38 (107 replies)
Pages... 6 7 8


Privacy concerns on returning faulty microSDXC
Created by dpw, last reply by andrewbnz on 3-Mar-2015 22:41 (34 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Recommendations for store bought gaming hard drive for $1500
Created by DebP, last reply by Lias on 6-Mar-2015 15:32 (31 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Why does Lightbox have a suicide wish?
Created by dafman, last reply by MikeAqua on 6-Mar-2015 11:44 (110 replies)
Pages... 6 7 8



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.